Skip to main content

Living History Musuem ~ Betsy Ross

Another student-led conference at McKayla's school has rolled around and once again, she's picked to portray a historical figure of her choice.

Last year, for Kindergarten, she picked Pocahontas and said very little: "Hi! My name is Pocahontas. What's your name? I live in the wild and it's very cold here." Almost all in one breath and where you could barely hear her LOL.

This year, after searching different historical women (and it had to be a woman b/c she's a girl and can't dress like a boy LOL), she decided on Betsy Ross as her historical person.

And I panicked. How on EARTH was I going to make her a costume to look like Betsy Ross??????? I had a few ideas for a dress and hat from that period but didn't really know where to find any that looked authtentic and I knew I couldn't make one.

So, off to Google I went, again. (What did we do before Google?! LOL)

Most of what I found was cheesy red, white and blue Halloween costumes and everything else didn't really "scream" Betsy Ross but instead, just nondescript dresses and outfits.

So, I called Party City (again) and asked if they had any Betsy Ross costumes. They did. And only for $10. I couldn't have made her an outfit cheaper than that. So John went and bought it and an American Flag (and yes, the costume was cheesy but cute LOL). She tried it on when he got home and it fit PERFECTLY!

I bought a pair of wire-rimmed glasses at Dollar Tree, popped out the lenses and then found an image showing the original 13 colony stars and printed 2 out and taped it to her flag over the 50 stars.

And whala. Done. And less of a headache than last year. LOL

We then started researching facts that would be easy for her to remember that she could recite and we came up with this:

"My name is Betsy Ross and I was born on January 1st, 1752 on a farm in Pennslyvania. In 1776, I was approached by General George Washington to design a flag for the new nation. I died in 1836 at the age of 84."

I had wanted her to say a little bit more but didn't want to overwhelm her or bore anyone with a long drawn out speech, so, we stuck to the facts; birth date, what she was known for and death date. Plain and simple.

And she ROCKED it! We only practiced her speech for about a week and she had nailed it. She was also AWESOME at actually giving her speech loudly and clearly. So proud!!

While giving her speech, there was a woman with a camera walking around taking pictures and writing down names, turns out it was a reporter from the local newspaper! She took down McKayla's info and her picture was in the paper! It was her backside, but STILL! :-D

At one point, after McKayla gave her speech, someone asked her what her real name was and McKayla's teacher told me later that she'd overheard the question and started panicking thinking she was the teacher and should know Betsy's real name, thinking maybe it was a nickname, only to realize that the person was asking for McKayla's real name haha.

I'm beyond proud of this girl (but y'all know that anyway b/c I'm always saying that haha). She's been picked 2 years in a row now and she fights against her shyness and does it.


Popular posts from this blog

The Great Dane Standard Through the Ages Part III ~1976~

The 1976 Official Illustrated Standard
Revised & Edited by The Great Dane Club of America, Inc. Written text AKC approved August 10, 1976 Illustrated by Donald E. Gauther - Great Dane Breeder & Judge Copyright, 1972

1. GENERAL CONFORMATION (a) GENERAL APPEARANCE. The Great Dane combines in its distinguished appearance dignity, strength and elegance with great size and a powerful, well-formed, smoothly muscled body. He is one of the giant breeds, but is unique in that his general conformation must be so well balanced that he never appears clumsy and is always a unit--the Apollo of dogs. He must be spirited and courageous--never timid. He is friendly and dependable. This physical and mental combination is the characteristic which gives the Great Dane the majesty possessed by no other breed. It is particularly true of this breed that there is an impression of great masculinity in dogs as compared to an impression of great femininity in bitches. The male should appear more massive t…

The Great Dane Standard Through the Ages Part II ~1945~

The Official Illustrated Standard of the Great Dane Club of America, INC. 1945
(Typed for easy reading below each picture which has made this post EXTREMELY long. Also, you *should* be able to click on the pictures to enlarge, but sadly still not enough to read the charts.)

There are only five recognize colors; all these basically fall into four color strains: 1 FAWN and BRINDLE, 2. HARLEQUIN and HARLEQUIN bred BLACK, 3. BLUE and BLUE bred BLACK, 4. BLACK. Color classifications being well founded, the Great Dane Club of America, Inc. considers it an inadvisable practice to mix color strains and it is the club's policy to adhere to the following matings:
------------------------------------------------------------------------ FAWN TO FAWN OR BRINDLE ONLY
Pedigrees of FAWN or BRINDLED Danes should not carry HARLEQUIN, BLACK or BLUE upon them -------------------------------------------…

The Great Dane Standard Through the Ages Part IV ~1995~

(This is the last and current Standard)

The Great Dane Illustrated Standard Approved and Published by the Great Dane Club of America, Inc. September 1995, Illustrations by Stephen J. Hubbel
An Illustrated Standard And Guide for the Evaluation of the Great Dane This booklet has been prepared by The Great Dane Club of America to assist fanciers, breeders and judges in their assessment and understanding of desired Great Dane type. Nothing in the discussions or illustrations contained herein should be construed as altering or contradicting the provisions of the Official Standard of the Great Dane adopted by this club and approved by The American Kennel Club. It is rather to be considered as a supplement to, and expansion on, the Official Standard.
The reader should remember the Official Standard describes the ideal Great Dane. In the following commentary we discus common deviations from that ideal, and the relative importance to be place on such deviations in the overall evaluation of an in…